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Junior Specialist - Hess Lab

Application Window

Open date: August 10th, 2021

Last review date: Wednesday, Aug 25, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Monday, Feb 28, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The candidate will have the opportunity to contribute to ruminant health and the identification/evaluation of novel compounds to reduce enteric methane production and improve ruminant productivity. The candidate will formulate ruminant feed and test their effect on rumen function using in situ and in vitro systems. This position will provide the candidate with the opportunity to contribute significantly to the health of animals, humans and the environment.

Research 90%
The Junior Specialist will be required to actively coordinate, conduct, and oversee field research, experiments, and make local field arrangements. Arrange for assistance from facility managers and collaborators to facilitate research as necessary. Requires ingenuity, resourcefulness, establishing protocol and adaptability to special and changing needs of the field activities. Report research and study progress, summarize and interpret preliminary data to PI.

The Junior Specialist will not be required to assist the PI in study design, but will be required to collect, organize, and summarize field and laboratory data. Evaluate data and prepare tables and graphs for publication. Draft reports and sections of publications and presentations. The Junior Specialist will also take a lead in tracking and reconciling expenses. Maintain and update inventory and order supplies. Maintain computers, files, and programs with appropriate backup for all computers under supervision. Development/revision of appropriate standard operating procedure (SOP) for field procedures.

Professional Competence 5%
The Junior Specialist will be required to contribute to scholarly manuscripts through reviewing and commenting on draft manuscripts, literature searches, data collection and scoring, and helping to write methods sections. Specifically, the Junior Specialist will review and conduct peer reviewed literature searches relevant to scientific activities in the lab.

University and Public Service 5%
The Junior Specialist will participate in training of new lab members in safety and laboratory procedures.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

    • The minimum qualification required to be considered for the position is a bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Animal Science, Microbiology or related field by time of application.
    • Valid California driver’s license.

    • Demonstrated experience conducting scientific research including evidence of ingenuity, resourcefulness, and adaptability to special and changing needs of activities.

    • Must speak and write fluent English.
    • Willingness and interest to learn new techniques and to work with cattle.
    • Demonstrated computer skills in word processing, data analysis, and statistical software: Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), and troubleshooting experience.
    • Demonstrated organizational expertise in maintaining records, ordering supplies, updating inventories, and safety records.
    • Demonstrated interpersonal skills necessary to work with a diverse team from different backgrounds and with varying skill levels for the purpose of assisting/teaching/supervising laboratory members and student researchers in research protocols and laboratory safety as well as coordinating student schedules with the needs of laboratory projects.
    • Ability to conduct library and database searches and synthesize acquired knowledge effectively in writing and apply it to research processes.

    • Ability to lift at least 50 lbs and carry short distances.
    • Ability to work outdoors for up to 8 hours/day in summer and winter as needed.
    • Availability to work on nights/evenings, weekends, and holidays as needed.

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

    • A cumulative GPA 3.75 or higher
    • Experience with a variety of in vitro gut systems
    • Experience with Ankom bioreactors
    • Experience with handling large animals (i.e., ruminants)
    • Experience with operating gas chromatographs (GC) and analyzing GC data
    • Experience with aseptic and anaerobic microbial techniques
    • Experience with GraphPad Prism
    • Familiarity with typical laboratory supplies and reagents
    • Familiarity with or experience in an academic research environment
    • Familiarity with standard software (e.g., Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
    • Familiarity with analyzing and presenting biological and chemical data

Preferred qualifications

    • Experience with animal research, utilization of research animals, and understanding/compliance with animal care protocols and regulations.
    • 1+ year(s) experience with all the tasks described above.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research (Optional)

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit for guidelines about writing a statement and why one is requested.

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)
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Davis, CA